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Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Start of the Hanson Hills Classic, one of the few interval start races on the Michigan Cup race circuit. (Photo: Linda Allen)

Great Bear Chase joins the American Ski Marathon Series
Great Bear Chase joins the American Ski Marathon Series

Great Bear Chase joins the American Ski Marathon Series

10/5/2013 - By Mike Muha

The American Ski Marathon Series has announced that the Great Bear Chase in Upper Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula has been added to the Series.

Sten Fjeldheim is back! Rollerski clinic Oct 19-20
Sten Fjeldheim is back! Rollerski clinic Oct 19-20

Sten Fjeldheim is back! Rollerski clinic Oct 19-20

10/4/2013 - By Mike Muha

Coach Sten Fjeldheim returns to Grand Rapids for a Roller Ski Technique, Training and Waxing Clinic Saturday on October 19 and 20 at the Pando Winter Sports Park in Rockford, MI.

2013 Grand Marais Roller Ski Marathon
2013 Grand Marais Roller Ski Marathon

2013 Grand Marais Roller Ski Marathon

10/4/2013 - By Nikki Darrow

UPDATED: The day was fun, beautiful weather and we had a happy ground of competitors and volunteers. Erica O'Hearn and Milan Baic were to top finishers in this weekend's 50K Grand Marais Rollerski Race.

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Video: July 25th ski race in Canada
Video: July 25th ski race in Canada

Video: July 25th ski race in Canada

10/2/2013 - By Mike Muha

Thinking about the upcoming Nordic Fest in Traverse City, the first xc ski race in the US this coming season? Whet your appetite with this on snow race held in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada on July 25th.

TV 6 Newscast of the Grand Marais Rollerski Marathon
TV 6 Newscast of the Grand Marais Rollerski Marathon

TV 6 Newscast of the Grand Marais Rollerski Marathon

10/1/2013 - By TV 6

An early morning start on Sunday for roller skiers as they headed on a scenic route on H-58 along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Many say it's the best spot to roller ski.

Vasa to hold fatbike race at Gran Travers
Vasa to hold fatbike race at Gran Travers

Vasa to hold fatbike race at Gran Travers

9/28/2013 - By Mike Muha

Northern Michigan Fat Bike Series announced that The North American VASA will bring add a fat biking race to the Series. The race will be the same day as the Gran Travers.

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Vasa Pathway implements "Fatbike Friday" on ski trails
Vasa Pathway implements "Fatbike Friday" on ski trails

Vasa Pathway implements "Fatbike Friday" on ski trails

9/28/2013 - By Scott Howard

The Vasa Pathway will allow fatbikes to use the ski trails this winter on Fridays. Fatbike Fridays is a temporary solution to help accommodate the growing user group.

Only 500 spots left at Birkie
Only 500 spots left at Birkie

Only 500 spots left at Birkie

9/27/2013 - By Susan Kendrick

It looks like we're there, the final countdown for the remaining registrations for Birkie 2014. We now have just 500 spots left for the Birkebeiner 50/54K, Kortelopet 23K, and Prince Haakon 12K. It's time to register if you haven't already!

CXC Coaches Conference, Oct 18-20
CXC Coaches Conference, Oct 18-20

CXC Coaches Conference, Oct 18-20

9/4/2013 - By CXC Skking

This year's CXC Coaches Conference will be focused on USSA Level 100 Coaches Certification and practical experience that a coach at any level can simply integrate into their training program.

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Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection
Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection

Mt. Borah Releases Top-tier Nordic Collection

8/29/2013 - By Ben Wizner

With over two years of product development in the books, Mt. Borah’s OTW Nordic ski collection is the new edge in custom Nordic apparel for teams, clubs and groups.

Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm
Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm

Andy Newell's unique view of the Snow Farm

8/27/2013 - By Andy Newell

Andy Newell checks in from the Snow Farm New Zealand as the US Ski team trains for the Sochi Olympics. (In case you missed it, Andrew Newell won the Cross Country Skiing Sprint Freestyle FIS Continental Cup during the Winter Games New Zealand!)

Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm
Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm

Skate speed with Noah Hoffman at the Snow Farm

8/26/2013 - By Hoah Hoffman and Chris Grover

Says Noah Hoffman, "Here is the video from yesterday morning’s (8/23/2013) skate speed session with the Canadian men (Alex Harvey and Devon Kershaw).

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UPCOMING

WED, FEB 20, 2019

Nordic Ski Nights
Nubs Nob, Harbor Springs, MI

THU, FEB 21, 2019

Barnebirkie Youth Ski Tour
Hayward, Wisconson

Junior Birkie
Hayward, Wisconson

FRI, FEB 22, 2019

Adaptive Birkie
Wheeler Road to Hayward, Wisconson

Kortelopet Classic and Skate 29K
OO Trailhead to Downtown Hayward, Wisconson

Prince Haakon 15K
Mosquito Brook Road to Hayward, Wisconson

SAT, FEB 23, 2019

American Birkebeiner
Telmark to Hayward, Wisconson

Team NordicSkiRacer Junior Ski Club skiing
Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, MI

Mason Tract Ski Tour (Michigan Backcountry Ski Series)
Chase Bridge Rd. Trailhead, Mason Tract Pathway, Roscommon, MI

Wild Woods Loppet
Wildwood Pathway, West parking lot, between Petoskey and Indian River on Wildwood Road

Boyne Vistas 10K Freestyle
Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls, MI

Free Cross Country Ski Lesson (XCHQ)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

SUN, FEB 24, 2019

26th Annual Junior Muffin Team Sprint Relay - Freestyle
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Roscommon, MI

TUE, FEB 26, 2019

Tech Trails Citizen’s Night Race Series
Michigan Tech Trails, Houghton, MI

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LATEST TRAIL CONDITIONS

TUE, FEB 19

Huron Meadows Metropark: Bucks run in excellent condition for either skate or classic. Tracks are very good in woods. A few small spots of dirt from building to woods. But can be avoided.
Both Hawk Hills and Coyote are still ok to skate. Have bare spots showing up but they can be skied around.
South of Hammel Road is just skied in.
Still a lot of good snow out there to be had.

Bay City State Park: Good snow. Trail had a dusting of snow which covered up the ice glaze and some of the leaves. Not as fast as it was but less slippery.
A smell of spring in the air this weekend, all too soon, so better get skiing before it's too too late.

Noquemanon Trail-Forestville: Noque to Pines, Animoosh and Gookookoo were all bombi groomed late this morning. Finally some firm conditions! A perfect day out there! Warm sun, beautiful corduroy, and deep-set tracks. Another snow storm arrives tomorrow though, so get out today!

Pigeon Creek: Good conditions today. Glad we were able to hold on to the base. Skating was good but a little soft. Classic tracks were firm and fast. Hope it holds up through the week.

Stokely Creek: Great conditions. Deep tracks and beautiful corduroy. 95% of Stokely trails are both skate and classic. Join us on March 2 for a winter celebrations. After skiing have a Stokely lunch at Norm's. Band, Bar and Desserts back at the Day Skiers at the end of the day. Please call 866-stokely for reservations.

Hanson Hills: All trails are looking beautiful. Conditions are perfect! Groomer Jason will be out re-combing skate lanes on all trails. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: The HQ trails remain in excellent condition, with wide corduroy skating lanes and deep set classic tracks. Groomer Mike will snow comb all the trails this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. It's just heavenly out there!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe Lunch Special is the Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini! Swiss, provolone, basil pesto, and sliced tomato grilled to perfection on herb focaccia bread. Served with Great Lakes Chips and a Pickle. Plus, race equipment closeouts have begun! Stop in to demo for free, or call 800-832-2663 to speak to a ski specialist and get fitted.

MON, FEB 18

Stinchfield Woods : Beautiful snow and enough to do all the big hills!

Big M: February 18, 2019 All trails were groomed on Monday, Feb. 18. The plan is to groom again tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Good, fast conditions.
Dave B, our groomer, can be reached at 231 848-7047.
NOTE: please do not park in front of the gate. Also, if you hike or snowshoe the trails, please stay to the side and off the ski tracks. See skibigm.org

Pigeon Creek: Good conditions today. Glad we were able to hold on to the base. Skating was good but a little soft. Classic tracks were firm and fast. Hope it holds up through the week.

Kensington Metropark: Golf course is groomed for skate and classic. A bit soft, should firm up for Tuesday. Adequate snow coverage in the skate lane except for the area adjacent to the entrance road which has some thin but passable spots. Classic track looked good for 95% of the trail but does have a few other spots where they hit grass. Classic-only trails in the woods looked groomed but I did not ski them.

Shanty Creek - Schuss Mtn: All hail the SC grooming team. Hit the trails this morning to find virgin corduroy for skating and firm, deep tracks for classic. Pine Cone, Winterbrook and Poet's Loop were immaculately groomed. LF5 worked well for glide. Just awesome. Thanks

Vasa Trail: Great grooming, 19'F sun light and light lake effect snow; hats off to the Vasa community ! Chris Scholz

Huron Meadows Metropark: Skated Hawk Hills, Coyote and Bucks run. All are in good condition to skate for today and probably tomorrow.
The only place with classic tracks is bucks run. People are making their own tracks around lake and south of Hammel Road.
Get out before the next warm up!!!!

Ogemaw Hills Pathway: Beautiful.
Snow on the trees, nicely broke in trails, few oak leaves, sunny, 12+" of snow. Perfect for no-wax skis, waxed the old way. Polar on tips and tails, hard blue for kick, 20 degrees.

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Milham Park Golf Course: Perimeter groomed for skating, thin but very nice, just a couple of spots showing a little dirt or ice. Classic track thin at best. Won't last long without more snow. Dave D

Forbush Corner: Another great day to be outside skiing. Hartwick Pines connectors just regroomed to take care of the snowmobile tracks. Classic tracks and the skate deck are in great shape all over the trail system. Badlands skate deck refreshed with the PBully since it is a favorite of skiers. Sales continue in the shop.

Hanson Hills: Technology is kicking my butt this weekend..

My previous links were to old results. Please try these. Thanks everyone.

Mens Classic Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results2.pdf

Womens Classic Results:
https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results2.pdf

Forbush Corner: Want to thank all the people that put on the Forbush Freestyle and Hanson Hills classic race. The courses were meticulously groomed and in spectacular condition. Saturday's race had arguably the best snow conditions we had all year and everyone was treated to sunshine and blue sky's. It felt like a spring day out on the patio deck, with good food and even better company. Hanson Hills classic race completed the perfecta with Perfect classic conditions. It was a great weekend of racing.

Huron Meadows Metropark: Beautiful ski in the heavy snowfall Sunday evening. Bucks was getting very slow but the real snow made it great...several people out enjoying a different experience this winter. His is the first time in a while we needed clear glasses or a visor to see. Used “A” skis with Rex Blue. There should be enough snow to groom the whole network at HM...should be a great week of skiing.

Hanson Hills: Groomer Jason will be out snow combing all skate lanes today. Firm Classic tracks are set on entire trail system. Lodge and Trails open at 9am.

Hanson Hills Classic:
REVISED RESULTS for Hanson Hills Classic. A huge thank you to Jay Hole, for helping clean up and adjust results. If you are owed a medal, please send your name and address to Director@hansonhills.org and it will be shipped this week.
A huge thank you to Michigan Cup and all of our great participants for you continued support.
Womens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Women%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1dCjM5mgCZ8_kVGV-1XgE7U88ztSgxXRyu-RfBJf8i3iy-mojjsMHMWvk

Mens Results: https://img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/225d1b4f-145b-46bc-a70f-2fb28b3f0cb7/downloads/Hanson%20Hills%20Classic%20Mens%20Results.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3CqVptQQ4Twfo1dV92v4Al36_MagpaaffqmS11HpuJINrKWSKu9g541jQ

Cross Country Ski Headquarters: What a weekend! Excellent conditions remain on all trails at XC Ski HQ. Groomer Butch will snow comb the skating lanes and set tracks where needed this morning. Snow depth in the woods is 24 to 27 inches, and packed on the trail about 13 to 15 inches. Corduroy skating lanes are wide and perfectly packed, and classic tracks are deep and firm. With mostly sunny skies forecasted for today, it will be another beautiful day to XC ski or snowshoe. Come on out and enjoy it!

Today’s Stone Turtle Day Lodge Cafe the Gourmet Chili Bar! Chili, cornbread or bread bowl, plus tons of toppings. Plus, stop in to demo a pair of Fischer Speedmax Skate skis, now on super sale! The snow is perfect... time to ski!

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